22-year-old Wants Man Utd Move — Club Director Confirms Target Could Seal Transfer

Anderlecht sporting director Herman Van Holsbeeck has confirmed that his side will assist Leander Dendoncker into pursuing a big-club move. Manchester United had made contact with the player’s representatives in the summer prior to the Nemanja Matic’s arrival from Stamford Bridge.

United have continued to keep a close watch on Dendoncker’s performances in the Belgian top-flight, and Van Holsbeeck has insisted that the club will help him secure his dream move, he told Sport/Foot h/t Metro: “Dendoncker’s head was elsewhere. He showed his disappointment during training at not being transferred. His mate, Tielemans, went to Monaco, he was training with the national team and he wanted, like them, to play in the biggest leagues.”

“Certain people in his entourage put pressure on me, on the club or on his agent, Christophe Henrotay. Today, we’re prepared to pay him based on his status of key player and to work on his future transfer like we did for Youri. In fact, we all have an interest in working together.”

The Belgian midfielder is said to have caught the eye of Jose Mourinho during United’s Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last season, where he found the scoresheet. The 22-year-old was obviously keen to join a bigger club in the summer, but Anderlecht restricted his sale following the departure of Youri Tielemans to AS Monaco.

United have plenty of central midfield options with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick in their ranks while Andreas Pereira is regarded as a future prospect. Nevertheless, Dendoncker could be seen as a potential replacement for Carrick, who could hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old has been ever-present for the Belgian champions this season, starting in all six games, including the Champions League opener against Bayern Munich in midweek.


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